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electe electeelected from swing districts, but it now there are only 35 such seats, and we have to make it through another eight years essentially of this partisanship. is that the problem? >> look at ohio, just for a minute. they had a race for congress there, like in every other state this fall, they voted about 52-47 republican-democrat for congress women and men. so you would think maybe a if i felt-50sto-up of congress, maybe 60-40. it's 12-3, republican-democrat, because of the way both sides-- >> o'donnell: gerrymandered district. >> and john boehner controls the ohio legislature. so they all kind of reap what they've sowed here. these are almost impossible-to-defeat congressmen in their districts. so some of that is gerrymandering. but i think another thing to remember here we've just been through this sort of six-week, eight-week drill on this fiscal cliff, and most of the conversation has been about taxes and the white house has done an excellent job, by dealing with the house, and all the messaging today and the weekend about how this is about republican intransigence on taxe
. >> schieffer: how long have you been in the congress gijust got elected to my second term, have been in public office for 18 years serving the good people throughout south carolina. >> schieffer: let me ask you first about the whole business with the national rifle association. their idea seems basically to be just add armed security to all of our nations' schools. do you think that's feasible or is it a good idea? >> the president has just established a committee to take a serious, holistic look at what we need to do as a nation to make sure that our kids are safe. to rush to judgment, i think, is a bit premature on what we should do. i think after we have the commit's report, we should take a very serious look at whatever it takes to keep our kids safe at school. we don't know what that is yet. we're just finishing the week of so many funerals, we should-- we should continue to pray for the family members. >> schieffer: but would you be in favor of changing some laws, like, for example, banning these assault weapons? >> i would love to see what comes out of the committee. i think with vice p
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